Chemistry, Physics, Geology and the Environment


Video Messages from Chemistry Seniors

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 Juliana Quay 2020
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 Sean Wechsler 2020
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Video Messages from Chemistry Alumni

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Jesslyn '18

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Tyler '13 

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Cameron '11 

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Zach '12 

KennonS '12

Kennon '12 

Sims2020TourVideo Tour the Chemistry Program and Sims Science Building

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Winthrop University's Department of Chemistry, Physics, Geology and the Environment is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and located in the Sims Science Building.  The department offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry, as well as minors in Chemistry, Applied Physics and Geology.

Certification and Accreditation: The department provides professional certification in chemistry with an American Chemical Society (ACS) approved program that is considered by many to be the gold standard for science education.  The Biochemistry Degree track is the state of South Carolina's first program to be accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

The Major: Students can choose to become ACS professionally-certified graduates by completing one year of undergraduate research and one of five Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree tracks:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Business
  • Engineering-Physics
  • Forensic Chemistry

Or, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Biochemistry degree is available for students wanting to pursue health-related profressions but does not require undergraduate research. Students wanting to prepare for application to medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary or optometry school should acquire a broad foundation in the natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and the social sciences. Chemistry is a popular major for such students since it allows them to complete the pre-professional school requirements without taking a large number of courses outside other majors. In addition, professional schools accept a higher percentage of chemistry applicants than most other majors.

Finally, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Chemistry degree is available, with maximum flexibility to meet a broad array of student interests.  Students often pursue internships, minors, double majors or dual degrees using this program, still completing in four years.

Student Learning Outcomes: A hallmark of the program is the pursuit and dissemination of national-caliber undergraduate research. The research-centered, engaged-learning experience provides students with nationally recognized professional certification designed to prepare students for industrial and graduate opportunities in fields such as medical and pharmaceutical research, biotechnology, environmental engineering, education, forensics, patent law, energy production, polymers, business, chemicals, bioengineering, materials, chemical engineering, health sciences, cosmetics, ceramics, national defense, foods and flavors, and biomedical research. Chemists represent the nation's largest group of industrial scientists.